A social media post claims that almond milk contains dangerous levels of cyanide and should not be consumed. We fact-checked and found this claim to be Mostly False.
A social media post says that Almond milk is poison as it contains cyanide.
What is cyanide poisoning?
Cyanide refers to any chemical that contains a carbon-nitrogen (CN) bond. If the exposure to cyanide causes symptoms, such as, dizziness, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, headache, and vomiting. If not treated at that stage, it can cause severe symptoms, such as seizures, slow heart rate, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and cardiac arrest.
Does Almond milk cause cyanide poisoning?
Not exactly. Almond milk contains a trace amount of a substance called amygdalin, which on consumption, is broken down by the digestive system and converted into cyanide. Amygdalin is a natural cyanogenic glycoside that occurs in the seeds of almonds and peaches. High-dose exposures to amygdalin can produce cyanide toxicity. However, it must be noted that the amount of cyanide varies depending on the type.
Researchers found that the Hydrogen Cyanide levels in bitter almonds are approximately 40 times higher than levels found in sweet almonds. However, it is speculated that boiling, roasting, or microwaving bitter almonds helps in reducing the toxin content.
Moreover, Research has shown that the human body can process cyanide in a mild amount.
The almonds that are used in producing the milk contain extremely low amounts of amygdalin. Moreover, bitter almonds are normally not used in the production and manufacturing of almond milk and various manufacturing companies even state that only 2% of the actual almond milk has the nuts involved. Thus, the almond milk we consume is safe to use and therefore, the claim stands mostly false until proven otherwise.
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